Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award
The Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award is the focal point of the night and receives much fanfare. The award is steeped in tradition at The Collins College of Hospitality Management and is given with great appreciation to individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the wine and food industry.
In 1999, The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored Margrit and Robert Mondavi for their vision and leadership in the American wine industry. Mr. and Mrs. Mondavi were recognized at the college’s 6th annual Harvest Auction, during a lavish gourmet dinner at the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. In order to make a lasting homage to their impact on the industry, the college named the award on their behalf. Since 2000, the college has bestowed this honor upon Julia Child, Alice Waters, Carol and James A. Collins, Sam Nazarian, Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset, Larry Shupnick, the Porto family, and many more.